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Weekly Roundup: May 24
Weekly Roundup: May 24

Weekly Roundup: May 24

Kate Andrias on labor’s constitutional vision, Kate Yoon on the LPE of insurance, and Anthony O’Rourke, Guyora Binder, and Rick Su on municipal insurers as an obstacle to democratic control over policing. Plus, the next session of What To Do About Those Pesky Courts with Ryan Doerfler, Aslı Bâli talks international law and Israel-Palestine, Karen Tani & Craig Konnoth discuss medicalizing civil rights, David Pozen’s (free!) new book on the history of constitutional challenges to drug laws, Simon Torracinta reviews Visions of Inequality, and Adam Tooze looks at Netanyahu’s surreal vision of Gaza 2035.

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Seeing the University More Clearly

Crisis can be clarifying. Recent events on campuses across the country have forced many of us to look more closely at how our own universities work, including at the decades-long drift toward more powerful university presidents. Reversing this drift, and developing a more democratic model of internal governance, may be a prerequisite not only for rebuilding intellectual community but also for avoiding future campus conflagrations.

Imperialism’s Shell Game

While every possible form of pressure should be brought to bear on the Biden administration to cut off the flow of arms to Israel, the prevailing law and policy debate tends to obscure some key aspects of how U.S. imperialism actually works. For the United States does not simply ship arms abroad, it is also the world’s leading arms trafficker, wielding enormous power over how weapons made by other countries circulate throughout the world as an immense collection of commodities.

On Garrison, Douglass, and American Colonialism

In aiming to unsettle the dominant constitutional faith to forge a wholly different constitutional future, The Constitutional Bind sets its sights breathtakingly high. Whether the book reaches those heights will likely turn on whether it offers a viable path from our creedal constitutional present to such a utopian future.

Constitutional Politics and Dilemmas on the Left

Aziz Rana aims to free us from Constitution worship. An abiding faith in “redemptive” constitutionalism, his new book argues, has long held back liberals, progressives, and even the Left from seriously promoting major change in our structures of government. Yet key left figures and movements have always made canny use of redemptive constitutional narratives and arguments. Rejecting that tradition leaves far too much on the table.

Toward a New Constitutional Politics

Given the manifest flaws of the U.S. Constitution, how did Americans come to idolize this document? Aziz Rana kicks off a symposium on his new book, The Constitutional Bind, by reflecting on the path that led to our current political predicament, and how long-buried Left thinking about state and economy might help us find our way out of it.

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Labor’s Constitutional Vision in the Face of Capital’s Attack

Presented with a conservative supermajority on the Supreme Court, corporations and right-wing trade associations have launched a series of constitutional challenges to worker rights. In response, workers are putting forward a fundamentally different vision for our economy and society — an alternative not only to business’s right-wing constitution but. . .

Weekly Roundup: May 17

Jeff Gordon clarifies the debate over derisking, while Davarian Baldwin examines how universities monetize their tax-exempt status. Plus, an upcoming session of our hit series What To Do About the Courts (with Ryan Doerfler), a new issue of the JLPE, Adam Gaffney on supply-side healthcare, Josh Eidelson on prison labor in Alabama, and Tim Barker on what. . .

Can Subsidies Discipline Capital?

The Biden Administration’s recent foray into industrial policy relies heavily on voluntary inducements to push firms to invest in renewable energy technology and domestic manufacturing. Some observers argue that this approach, commonly known as “derisking,” will yield paltry results: firms will pursue the same priorities they would have. . .